greenYgreyologists in my brain (like the comic Numskulls characters I knew, and later the Hollywood movie Inside Out) have been busy decoding and discussing my Northern Lights experiences in Iceland, with reference to the greenYgrey of course.
Missing Nightime Northern Lights
I spent three nights out looking for Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and didn’t see the big show of dancing lights. Ironically, the media did report professional photographer Owen Humphreys seeing them elsewhere in Iceland, about 150 miles east of where I was.
I could have used that media coverage to claim I saw them too, but I believe in honest reporting.
Seeing Daytime Northern Lights
I did see what look like white ribbon Northern Lights just in passing, originally seeing and taking a photo of a rainbow while out walking. I wouldn’t have known or thought they were Northern Lights if I hadn’t seen them mentioned in a Sky at Night documentary last month, and previously discussed here on this blog.
The presenters then said they’d named the daytime white ribbon Northern Lights ‘Steve’. I added that a female version should be Stevie, after Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, and there are two white ribbons visible here: Steve and Stevie, the gYgPOP twins?
They were static ribbons, as seen from the two photos, taken a few seconds after each other.
greenYgrey a Sun Wolf
greenYgreyologists have interpreted me seeing more in the daytime than night as being because the greenYgrey is a sun wolf rather than stereotypical moon wolf.
I was also lucky in that there had been a lot of snow the previous week, and there was a lot of clear sky the week I was there, meaning the scenery was particularly photogenic.
I did see a few meteors while watching the night sky, including one that appeared low in the sky for a second or two like a dollop of paint, looking like one described as a fireball meteor reported last year.
So, all in all, I missed out on the big Night prize, but got lots of great Daytime consolations, I suppose like a football team going for the Champions League or Premier League and not winning it, but winning other cups.